OK. Ready? Easy and delicious!
(And, makes a pretty gift in a pinch.)
Take a bunch of Roma-type tomatoes.
Cut them in half, place them cut-side up on a foil- or parchment-lined baking tray.
Sprinkle with salt, pepper and herbs (I like Herbs de Provence, the kind with lavender)
Bake low and slow in a 200-degree oven. For hours.
Take a bath. Paint your fingernails. Read a book.
Check on your little lovelies from time to time, enjoying the lovely roasty aroma.
Remove after quite a few hours (I left mine in there for ~4 hours),
until they're all shriveled and the flavors very concentrated.
Store in a jar, steeped in olive oil*, in the fridge.
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An eating suggestion:
When Kristen and I were housemates, we would always get a Christmas tree**. While trimming the tree (and playing delightfully corny music), we would munch on the following hors d'oeuvres, which I now always make at the holidays (and any other time I can). I think there was also champagne involved?? Good times.
Kristen's Tree-trimming Snacks
One baguette, sliced thin, brushed with olive oil and toasted
Spread with soft goat cheese
Top with chopped (sun or oven) dried tomatoes
*Remember to use this oil for bread-dipping later!
**Christmas tree?! I think I just did my first holiday post.
(Actually, I can't wait to start baking. Don't tell anyone.)